The Government’s response to the primary schools assessment consultation this September, welcomed many of the recommendations made. Taking place a year on from the Education Select Committee report on primary assessment, which urged the Government to lower the stakes in primary assessment, this forum will provide attendees with an overview of the roadmap for reform and consider challenges and opportunities for implementation. The platform will so too examine core issues in balancing and redressing differing priorities, from measuring pupil progress, preparing pupils to succeed in their school careers and accountability matters.
Primary Assessment Reform – Accountability, Trust and Measuring Pupil Progress
Attendees will examine the roadmap for reform laid out by the Government and assess future priorities for primary assessment before implementation. Delegates will discuss and debate proposals including the introduction of teacher-mediated assessment in reception from 2020 and developing a standardised statutory baseline assessment to ensure a fair and accurate reflection of pupil progress; options for improving the early years foundation stage profile; and making key stage 1 tests and teacher assessments non-statutory from 2023.
Support in the Transition – Best Practice in Implementing Assessment Reform
Time will be allocated to providing practical advice and guidance in developing a high quality internal assessment system, including Ofqual’s considerations for building a valid, high quality and reliable system. Attendees will also consider how best to prepare for reform in primary assessment, how staff and resources might be reallocated in the transition to statutory baseline assessments and the removal of statutory key stage 1 SATSs.
Implementing Recommendations from the Rochford Review– Supporting Pupils Working Below Expected Standard and Ensuring Fairness in SEND Assessment
Delegates will also discuss practical steps that can be taken to ensure the changes introduced are effective in assessing and meeting the bespoke needs of SEND pupils and pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum. Discussions will also focus on the recommendations of the Rochford Review, which include the removal of the statutory requirement to assess pupils with SEND who are working below the standard using performance scales.